The Long View

Elizabeth Jane Howard

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02 July 2015
480 pages

From the bestselling author of The Cazalet Chronicles comes Elizabeth Jane Howard's The Long View.

Moving backwards in time from 1950 to 1926, The Long View paints an unusually revealing portrait of a marriage. It traces the lives of Antonia and Conrad Fleming through the eyes of Antonia, as she looks back on her married life and unravels her choices – good and bad – and the motivations behind them . . .

An uncannily authentic take on matrimony from the long view – from both the outside in and present to past – Antonia and Conrad Fleming's story is as extraordinary as it is prosaic, as gut-wrenching as it is exhilarating.

A beautifully written and richly perceptive novel. Miss Howard has a gift for epigrammatic dialogue; she cuts to the heart of motive or relationship with delicate precision

Daily Telegraph

When I read The Long View . . . I realized that I would never write anything of such subtlety and penetration: there was no point in even hoping to write a novel if this was the standard of excellence

Andrew Brown - Guardian